Since the early 2000s, SC Johnson has worked to add new sources into our energy mix. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to . Today, three SC Johnson plants run on 100% renewable wind power. We have renewable energy initiatives around the world, employing wind, solar, waste palm shells, rice husks, and even garbage.
For the past 13 years, SC Johnson has used renewable energy sources around the world to power our facilities. Globally, 35% of our energy use in 2016/17 came from renewable sources. In 2016/17 SC Johnson achieved a compared to our 2000 baseline (indexed to production).
Here’s a look at our clean energy initiatives around the world…
Using waste palm shells as a fuel source to heat water for mosquito coil production at our manufacturing facility in Medan, Indonesia, SC Johnson reduces local diesel fuel use by 80% and transfers a waste product back into the value chain.
Since 2012, a biofuel initiative at our manufacturing facility in Surabaya, Indonesia, has used waste husks from rice grains as a fuel source for heating water for production. This cuts about 7,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
Shanghai and Changzhou, China; Pulogadung, Indonesia; and Baddi, India
At SC Johnson facilities in China, Indonesia, and India, solar projects help provide hot water heating for company operations, including aerosol production and quality control processes.
Bay City, Michigan
Since 2008, SC Johnson has been purchasing wind power from nearby wind farms to help power our Bay City, Michigan, manufacturing facility, which produces Ziploc® brand bags. As of 2017, the site now runs on 100% wind energy for electricity.
Mijdrecht, The Netherlands
In 2009, we started up our first company-owned wind turbine in Mijdrecht, The Netherlands, to power our Europlant manufacturing facility. The turbine generates 50% of the energy for Europlant. In 2015, the facility became our first plant to get 100% of its required energy from renewable sources, sourcing its remaining electrical needs from purchased wind power.
In 2010, SC Johnson began testing three SWIFT mini wind turbines at our global headquarters campus in Racine, Wisconsin. The goal has been to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, in addition, to raise awareness of urban wind projects.
Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin
With the completion in 2012 of , our largest global manufacturing facility, the site now generates 100% of its electrical energy onsite, on average. The two turbines generate about 8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, while the facility’s remaining electrical energy needs are met by Waxdale’s two cogeneration turbines.
In 2013, SC Johnson started purchasing wind power at our Toluca, Mexico, facility. This enables the facility to obtain 86% of its electricity from renewable sources.
Since 2016, SC Johnson has been purchasing wind power for our Gorzow, Poland manufacturing site. It was our second site to run on 100% wind energy for electricity.